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Animal Liberation Front Bulletin
Posted by Hiram Jin

November 23, 2009 � Negotiation Is Over

by Dr. Steven Best

Many people have been asking what they can do to promote Radical Abolitionism and begin to break out of the confines of pseudo-abolition single-issue veganism. Following are ten practical strategies to address total liberation through alliance politics. We encourage everyone to read and expand your frame of reference, engage and get active, and share your experiences and ideas.

1) Read and start thinking outside of single-issue veganism:

* Read the Manifesto for Radical Abolitionism: Total Liberation By Any Means Necessary
* Read these pages on Total Liberation
* Read these article by Dr. Steven Best on Alliance Politics and Total Liberation

2) Read books with a total liberation focus:

* Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Reflections on the Liberation of Animals (Edited by Steven Best PhD and Anthony J. Nocella II)
* Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of The Earth (Edited by Steven Best PhD and Anthony J. Nocella II)
* An Unnatural Order: Why We are Destroying The Planet and Each Other (by Jim Mason)
* The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery (by Marjorie Spiegel)
* Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust (by Charles Patterson)
* A Tale of Two Holocausts (by Karen Davis PhD)
* Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation (by David Nibert)

3) Write to Vegan Outreach about diversifying their message. Offer to help create new literature targeted toward poor people, the working classes, and people of color.

4) Get active and start educating people outside of the white middle class. Start doing outreach in urban areas that have been entirely neglected by the vegan community. Engage poor people and people of color and start building bridges into the other 99% of the population.

5) Extend yourself: contact groups such as Vegans of Color who �don�t have the luxury of being single-issue� and ask how you can help them.

6) Form alliances within your own community. Network with organizations fighting social oppression (e.g, LGBT groups, racial equality movements, feminists). Try to form alliances around common issues such as violence or discrimination. Introduce veganism as a social movement that seeks to eradicate violence and discrimination for all animals � human and nonhuman. Work with people and show them that we have a totally valid cause and that we all have important things in common.

7) In response to the aggressive pro-vivisection movement, the Alliance for Progressive Science (APS) addresses the move to commodify research which victimizes animals in labs and harms people with fraudulent science. Help us research and write about these issues.

8) Pick a group on Facebook or MySpace and initiate a discussion about alliances. Educate them about veganism. Learn about their struggle. Find common ground to work form.

9) Do some real vegan outreach and make a difference is the lives of the impoverished. Do a vegan food drive and support your local homeless shelter. Volunteer and prepare vegan food to feed the hungry.

10) Write a total liberation page based on your research and experience. Share your thoughts, ideas, and the new directions in which you are building alliances.


Dr. Steven Best is NIO�s Senior Editor of Total Liberation. Associate professor of philosophy at UTEP, award-winning writer, noted speaker, public intellectual, and seasoned activist, Dr. Best engages the issues of the day such as animal rights, ecological crisis, biotechnology, liberation politics, terrorism, mass media, globalization, and capitalist domination. Best has published 10 books, over 100 articles and reviews, spoken in over a dozen countries, interviewed with media throughout the world, appeared in numerous documentaries, and was voted by VegNews as one of the nations �25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians.� He has come under fire for his uncompromising advocacy of �total liberation� (humans, animals, and the earth) and has been banned from the UK for the power of his thoughts. From the US to Norway, from Sweden to France, from Germany to South Africa, Best shows what philosophy means in a world in crisis

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